Emergency animal disease training
Animal Health Australia (AHA) helps provide education and training to its members to assist them with their responsibilities under the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA). AHA helps to ensure that trained personnel are available to assist in the event of an emergency animal disease (EAD) response.
Emergency Animal Disease Training Program
In the event of an EAD incursion, government officers, livestock producers, private veterinary practitioners and emergency workers are called upon to help eradicate or control the disease.
EAD training aims to:
- facilitate national consistency in delivery of EAD preparedness and response training
- support development and availability of appropriate resources for the delivery of EAD training for all members
- support EAD trainers to deliver EAD training to their constituents
- ensure personnel receiving training are aware of recognised training and qualification pathways
- facilitate contact with trained personnel in a biosecurity emergency response.
How to access EAD training
The Australian, state and territory governments train their own personnel under the Emergency Animal Disease Training Program.
AHA coordinates training of livestock industry personnel for their response roles, on request from livestock industry Members.
EAD training is delivered across Australia in a number of formats. Training frequently comprises a combination of online study, work-based tasks and recognition of existing workplace skills complemented by face-to-face workshops.
EAD Foundation online course
If you wish to gain an understanding of Australia’s EAD preparedness and response plans, you can enrol in the EAD Foundation online course.
The online course provides livestock producers, veterinarians, veterinary students, government personnel and emergency workers with foundation knowledge for further training in the Emergency Animal Disease Training Program.
Part 1 of the course covers:
- EAD awareness
- Australia’s EAD response arrangements, including the EADRA
- Phases of an EAD response
Part 2 of the course covers:
- Incident management system principles
- Control and coordination centres
- Working in an EAD response
- Communication and information management in an EAD response
For access instructions, please click here:
- Learners already registered in the system can use their existing login details and find the new course by clicking on ‘Browse learning.’
- New learners will need to register themselves in the system.
EAD Trainers Extranet
This password-protected area contains materials for Emergency Animal Disease Training Program, supplementary resources, draft training materials, information on skills recognition and an online discussion area to post comments about the materials or any aspect of EAD training.
- Access the EAD Trainers Extranet.
- If you are an EAD trainer and would like access to the EAD Trainers Extranet, email email@example.com.
National recognised training for emergency disease management
There are three specialist biosecurity emergency response qualifications available for people with responsibilities in this area and who are seeking national recognition. The qualifications are part of the PUA12 Public Safety Training Package:
Certificate III in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Operations)
Certificate IV in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Leadership)
Diploma of Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Management)
More information is available from your EAD training coordinator or from Animal Health Australia.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about EAD training.
Contact your relevant training coordinator for EAD training in your jurisdiction.
Click here to login to the EAD Trainers Extranet.
Animal Health Australia
Phone: (02) 6203 3930
Australian Capital Territory
Phone: 02 6205 3737
New South Wales
Phone: (02) 6391 3207
Phone: (08) 8999 2298
Phone: (07) 5466 2260
Phone: (08) 8735 1305
Phone: (03) 6777 2199
Phone: (03) 5761 1582
Phone: (08) 9892 8490
EAD Training business plan
Aligned with AHA’s Strategic Plan 2010–2015, a key initiative in the EAD preparedness program is to support the training of government and industry personnel to fill consultative committee positions and response roles in the event of an EAD response. AHA, in consultation with its members, developed the EAD Training Business Plan, which was formally endorsed by the Members Forum in 2013. In 2014, Section 6—Financial management was revised to reflect agreed core funding arrangements. The business plan aims to:
- provide AHA members with more detail about EAD training projects than is provided in the AHA annual operating plan, to which the program is linked
- assist AHA members to make a decision on EAD training projects before being asked to endorse the operating plan
- provide direction to AHA members on various training project activities.